Casey: Army tours in Iraq likely to shorten.

The AP reports that according to Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Casey, “soldiers heading to war this summer are likely to see their tours shortened from 15 months to 12 months”:

Gen. George Casey says that while his forces are strained by nearly seven years at war, the Army can maintain 15 combat brigades in battle for at least a couple of months after July while military commanders assess the situation in Iraq.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, have both said they favor a suspension in troop cuts after July to assess security gains before more forces leave the country.